Course Description

This course is designed to satisfy the demand for pilots, engineers, flight test support, and management personnel who need to learn practical experience in helicopter engineering flight test theory and procedures. Scope of the course includes performance, handling qualities, data acquisition and analysis, and FAA and military specifications pertaining to piloted helicopters.

Classroom academics are tailored to prepare the students to plan and conduct efficient flight tests. Six flights are performed in an instrumented helicopter. On each of the flights, students participate as flight test engineers gathering data for post-flight analysis.

Students also assemble and present their findings and recommendations on mission suitability and regulatory compliance in an oral briefing.

Subjects

Standard Atmosphere
Longitudinal Static Stability
Helicopter Aerodynamics
Lateral-Directional Static Stability
Pitot-Static Theory
Longitudinal Dynamic Stability
Hover Performance
Lateral-Directional Dynamic Stability
Level Flight Performance
Control Response
Climb/Descent Performance
Low Speed Characteristics
Mechanical Controls Characteristics
Height-Velocity Testing
Engine Characteristics
Takeoff and Landing Performance

Pre-requisites

There are no formal prerequisites for attendance at this course. Familiarity with algebra, technical reporting and personal computer operation (including word processing, spreadsheet, and chart making) are helpful. Classes are conducted in English.

Signup: Use the Student Application Form to register for a course. Alternatively, you can contact us to check course availability.

NTPS Catalog: For more detailed information please visit the online catalog page to view or download the NTPS Catalog.

Notice: Course costs and dates are subject to change without notice. Please refer to the Course Schedule and Costs page for more information. Contact us to check course availability.

ITAR Notice: This course is limited to US citizens or an organization with an apporved Technical Assistance Agreement (TAA).

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National Test Pilot School
P.O. Box 658
Mojave, CA 93502-0658 USA
Phone: 661-824-2977
Fax: 661-824-2943

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